PARIS (AP) — Interpol said that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America.
The international police agency said in a statement Tuesday that the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain were carried out by national law enforcement officers working under the support of Interpol's Latin American Working Group of Experts on Information Technology Crime.
The suspects, aged between 17 and 40, are suspected of planning coordinated cyberattacks against institutions including Colombia's defense ministry and presidential websites, Chile's Endesa electricity company and national library, as well as other targets.
The arrests followed an ongoing investigation begun in mid-February which also led to the seizure of 250 items of IT equipment and mobile phones in searches of 40 premises in 15 cities, Interpol said.
In Chile's capital, Subprefect Jamie Jara said at a news conference that authorities arrested five Chileans and a Colombian. Two of the Chileans are 17-year-old minors.
The case was being handled by prosecutor Marcos Mercado, who specializes in computer crime. He said the suspects were charged with altering websites, including that of Chile's National Library, and engaging in denial-of-service attacks on websites of the electricity companies Endesa and Hidroaysen. The charges carry a penalty of 541 days to five years in prison, he said.
Jara said the arrests resulted from a recently begun investigation and officials do not yet know if those arrested are tied to any "illicit group."
"For now, we have not established that they have had any special communications among themselves," he said.
Jara said authorities were continuing to investigate other avenues, but gave no details.
Gen. Carlos Mena, commander of Colombia's Judicial Police, said no one was arrested in Colombia, but he noted that some Colombians had been arrested elsewhere, including Chile. He said he hadn't confirmed a report that one of those arrested in Argentina may have been from Colombia.
Mena did hint that there might be arrests in Colombia. He said other nations have been providing information and Colombian authorities are looking into it, but so far haven't arrested any hackers.
"You have to leave them alone, so when we have all the evidence, and the prosecutor makes the decision, we will be all over it and capturing them," he said.
No official statements have been released yet in Argentina. An Argentine media website based its story on the Interpol statement, which it quotes as saying that 10 people were arrested in Argentina.
Earlier Tuesday, police in Spain announced the arrest of four suspected Anonymous hackers in connection with attacks on Spanish political party websites. These four were among the 25 announced by Interpol.
A National Police statement said two servers used by the group in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic have been blocked.
It said the four included the alleged manager of Anonymous' computer operations in Spain and Latin America, who was identified only by his initials and the aliases "Thunder" and "Pacotron."
The four are suspected of defacing websites, carrying out denial-of-service attacks and publishing data on police assigned to the royal palace and the premier's office online.
Interpol is headquartered in Lyon, France. The organization has no powers of arrest or investigation but it helps police forces around the world work together, facilitating intelligence sharing.
Anonymous, whose genesis can be traced back to a popular U.S. image messaging board, has become increasingly politicized amid a global clampdown on music piracy and the international controversy over the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks, with which many of its supporters identify.
Authorities in Europe, North America and elsewhere have made dozens of arrests, and Anonymous has increasingly attacked law enforcement, military and intelligence-linked targets in retaliation.
One of Anonymous' most spectacular coups: Secretly recording a conference call between U.S. and British cyber investigators tasked with bringing the group to justice.
Anonymous has no real membership structure. Hackers, activists, and supporters can claim allegiance to its freewheeling principles
at their convenience, so it's unclear what impact the arrests will have.
Some Internet chatter appeared to point to a revenge attack on Interpol's website, but the police organization's home page appeared to operating as normal late Tuesday.
One Twitter account purportedly associated with Anonymous' Brazilian wing said the sweep would fail.
"Interpol, you can't take Anonymous," the message read. "It's an idea."
Associated Press writer Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.
Anonymous hacked the website of a major US prison contractor in the latest salvo in an anti-police campaign.
Anonymous replace The Geo Group website home page with a rap song dedicated in part to convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal and a message condemning prisons and policing in the United States.
"We are acting in solidarity with all those who have ever been wrongfully profiled, arrested, brutalized, incarcerated, and have had all dignity and humanity stripped from them as they are cast into the gulags of America."
The Geo Group manages prisons, mental health facilities, or detention centers in Australia, Britain, South Africa, and North America. The corporation reported $77.5 million in net profit on $1.6 billion in revenue last year.
Anonymous have gotten the addresses of more than 1,000 officers along with information from police warrants and court summonses as well as about informants in their weeks-long series of attacks on police computers.
Anonymous law enforcement targets in recent weeks have included the websites of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
There has been a visible increase in hacking attacks after Anonymous made an announcement on Feb. 10, warning the world at large to expect attacks every Friday.
"Each and every Friday Anonymous will be launching attacks... with the specific purpose of wiping as many corrupt corporate and government systems off our internet," the statement on the Web site said.
The threat they pose has so disturbed the established order that American National Security Agency Director, General Keith Alexander, on Feb. 21, declared Anonymous was a threat to national security, expressing concerns the hacker group could look at attacking the power grid in America.
The group representing Ontario's top police brass appears to be the latest victim of "hacktivist" organization Anonymous, after the website for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) was downed in an apparent cyber attack.
In another sign of backlash against the federal government's proposed internet surveillance bill, C-30, hackers on Saturday posted what they claimed to be an online "database leak," which purportedly revealed login usernames and passwords for several administrators' accounts for the OACP website.
The database leak, which has been widely shared via micro-blogging website Twitter, lists the web address for the association as a "target."
A memo about the purported leak begins with a quote alluding to privacy concerns surrounding the reach of the online surveillance bill: "Snoop on to them as they snoop on to you."
The Conservative government's contentious crime-busting legislation, the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, would force internet service providers to hand over customer information to police — without a warrant — for the purposes of monitoring clients in order to catch online child predators.
But a large public outcry ensued, with concerned citizens saying there would be nothing to stop law-abiding web surfers from also being tracked without their knowledge or consent.
CBC's John Northcott said Saturday's information dump includes "a series of email addresses, passwords, full names, user names, information from allegedly the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police website."
'Meant to embarrass' police chiefs
A visit to the website's address on Saturday showed a mostly blank page with an "under maintenance" message at the top.
Joe Couto, a spokesperson with the OACP, said the association wouldn't be intimidated by this sort of activity.
"I can ensure citizens of this province that police will continue to provide opinions to lawmakers on this and any other piece of legislation that comes forward that affects policing in this province," Couto said.
"We pulled our site down so it's not accessible. It appears this was really meant to embarrass, to send a message to Ontario's police leaders."
LONDON--Today WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files – more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The emails date from between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal's Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods, for example:
"[Y]ou have to take control of him. Control means financial, sexual or psychological control... This is intended to start our conversation on your next phase" – CEO George Friedman to Stratfor analyst Reva Bhalla on 6 December 2011, on how to exploit an Israeli intelligence informant providing information on the medical condition of the President of Venezuala, Hugo Chavez.
The material contains privileged information about the US government's attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor's own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks. There are more than 4,000 emails mentioning WikiLeaks or Julian Assange. The emails also expose the revolving door that operates in private intelligence companies in the United States. Government and diplomatic sources from around the world give Stratfor advance knowledge of global politics and events in exchange for money. The Global Intelligence Files exposes how Stratfor has recruited a global network of informants who are paid via Swiss banks accounts and pre-paid credit cards. Stratfor has a mix of covert and overt informants, which includes government employees, embassy staff and journalists around the world.
The material shows how a private intelligence agency works, and how they target individuals for their corporate and government clients. For example, Stratfor monitored and analysed the online activities of Bhopal activists, including the "Yes Men", for the US chemical giant Dow Chemical. The activists seek redress for the 1984 Dow Chemical/Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. The disaster led to thousands of deaths, injuries in more than half a million people, and lasting environmental damage.
Stratfor has realised that its routine use of secret cash bribes to get information from insiders is risky. In August 2011, Stratfor CEO George Friedman confidentially told his employees: "We are retaining a law firm to create a policy for Stratfor on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I don't plan to do the perp walk and I don't want anyone here doing it either."
Stratfor's use of insiders for intelligence soon turned into a money-making scheme of questionable legality. The emails show that in 2009 then-Goldman Sachs Managing Director Shea Morenz and Stratfor CEO George Friedman hatched an idea to "utilise the intelligence" it was pulling in from its insider network to start up a captive strategic investment fund. CEO George Friedman explained in a confidential August 2011 document, marked DO NOT SHARE OR DISCUSS: "What StratCap will do is use our Stratfor's intelligence and analysis to trade in a range of geopolitical instruments, particularly government bonds, currencies and the like". The emails show that in 2011 Goldman Sach's Morenz invested "substantially" more than $4million and joined Stratfor's board of directors. Throughout 2011, a complex offshore share structure extending as far as South Africa was erected, designed to make StratCap appear to be legally independent. But, confidentially, Friedman told StratFor staff: "Do not think of StratCap as an outside organisation. It will be integral... It will be useful to you if, for the sake of convenience, you think of it as another aspect of Stratfor and Shea as another executive in Stratfor... we are already working on mock portfolios and trades". StratCap is due to launch in 2012.
The Stratfor emails reveal a company that cultivates close ties with US government agencies and employs former US government staff. It is preparing the 3-year Forecast for the Commandant of the US Marine Corps, and it trains US marines and "other government intelligence agencies" in "becoming government Stratfors". Stratfor's Vice-President for Intelligence, Fred Burton, was formerly a special agent with the US State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and was their Deputy Chief of the counterterrorism division. Despite the governmental ties, Stratfor and similar companies operate in complete secrecy with no political oversight or accountability. Stratfor claims that it operates "without ideology, agenda or national bias", yet the emails reveal private intelligence staff who align themselves closely with US government policies and channel tips to the Mossad – including through an information mule in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Melman, who conspired with Guardian journalist David Leigh to secretly, and in violation of WikiLeaks' contract with the Guardian, move WikiLeaks US diplomatic cables to Israel.
Ironically, considering the present circumstances, Stratfor was trying to get into what it called the leak-focused "gravy train" that sprung up after WikiLeaks’ Afghanistan disclosures:
"[Is it] possible for us to get some of that 'leak-focused' gravy train? This is an obvious fear sale, so that's a good thing. And we have something to offer that the IT security companies don't, mainly our focus on counter-intelligence and surveillance that Fred and Stick know better than anyone on the planet... Could we develop some ideas and procedures on the idea of ´leak-focused' network security that focuses on preventing one's own employees from leaking sensitive information... In fact, I'm not so sure this is an IT problem that requires an IT solution."
Like WikiLeaks’ diplomatic cables, much of the significance of the emails will be revealed over the coming weeks, as our coalition and the public search through them and discover connections. Readers will find that whereas large numbers of Stratfor's subscribers and clients work in the US military and intelligence agencies, Stratfor gave a complimentary membership to the controversial Pakistan general Hamid Gul, former head of Pakistan's ISI intelligence service, who, according to US diplomatic cables, planned an IED attack on international forces in Afghanistan in 2006. Readers will discover Stratfor's internal email classification system that codes correspondence according to categories such as 'alpha', 'tactical' and 'secure'. The correspondence also contains code names for people of particular interest such as 'Izzies' (members of Hezbollah), or 'Adogg' (Mahmoud Ahmedinejad).
Stratfor did secret deals with dozens of media organisations and journalists – from Reuters to the Kiev Post. The list of Stratfor’s "Confederation Partners", whom Stratfor internally referred to as its "Confed Fuck House" are included in the release. While it is acceptable for journalists to swap information or be paid by other media organisations, because Stratfor is a private intelligence organisation that services governments and private clients these relationships are corrupt or corrupting.
WikiLeaks has also obtained Stratfor's list of informants and, in many cases, records of its payoffs, including $1,200 a month paid to the informant "Geronimo" , handled by Stratfor's Former State Department agent Fred Burton.
WikiLeaks has built an investigative partnership with more than 25 media organisations and activists to inform the public about this huge body of documents. The organisations were provided access to a sophisticated investigative database developed by WikiLeaks and together with WikiLeaks are conducting journalistic evaluations of these emails. Important revelations discovered using this system will appear in the media in the coming weeks, together with the gradual release of the source documents.
Public partners in the investigation:
More than 25 media partners (others will be disclosed after their first publication):
Al Akhbar – Lebanon – http://english.al-akhbar.com Al Masry Al Youm – Egypt – http://www.almasry-alyoum.com Bivol – Bulgaria – http://bivol.bg CIPER – Chile – http://ciperchile.cl Dawn Media – Pakistan – http://www.dawn.com L'Espresso – Italy – http://espresso.repubblica.it La Repubblica – Italy – http://www.repubblica.it La Jornada – Mexico – www.jornada.unam.mx/ La Nacion – Costa Rica – http://www.nacion.com Malaysia Today – Malaysia – www.malaysia-today.net McClatchy – United States – http://www.mcclatchy.com Nawaat – Tunisia – http://nawaat.org NDR/ARD – Germany – http://www.ard.de Owni – France – http://owni.fr Pagina 12 – Argentina – www.pagina12.com.ar Plaza Publica – Guatemala – http://plazapublica.com.gt Publico.es – Spain – www.publico.es Rolling Stone – United States – http://www.rollingstone.com Russia Reporter – Russia – http://rusrep.ru Ta Nea – Greece –- http://www.tanea.gr Taraf – Turkey – http://www.taraf.com.tr The Hindu – India – www.thehindu.com The Yes Men – Bhopal Activists – Global http://theyesmen.org Nicky Hager for NZ Herald – New Zealand – http://www.nzherald.co.nz
The official website of the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association (LACPCA) was hacked by members of the CabinCr3w
collective. The hackers not only leaked all the data they could find on their servers, but they also accused one of the officers of storing content that may be considered abusive towards children.
“Over the past three weeks, we in the cabin have been targeting law enforcement sites across the United States, be it for injustices they have allowed through ignorance or naivety, taken part in, or to point out the fact that their insecurity failed to protect the safety of those they took an oath to serve,” the hackers state.
One of the hackers part of the operation, Kahuna, told us that they obtained email addresses, passwords, names and physical addresses belonging to more than 1,000 officers, leaking all the data online as part of OpPiggyBank.
Besides this they also gained access to “over fifteen thousand police warrants, hundreds of thousands of court summons, over forty thousand social security numbers of citizens proving the police lack of care for the security of the citizens, anonymous tips of criminal informants pertaining to narcotics, criminal informant information and thousands of online police reports.”
Because many officers used the same passwords to access both their LACPCA accounts and their personal email accounts, the hackers dug around a bit and found some “disturbing content” in one of the mailboxes.
“Obviously, we will not be including the photos from the email in this release but we will be making contact with the appropriate organizations protecting children from exploitation online,” the hackers wrote in the Pastebin file that accompanied the data leak.
OpPiggyBank made a lot of victims lately, including the sites of the Syracuse Police, Wyoming State Troopers, Salt Lake City Police, Newark Police, and the Alabama Police.
A statement on the defaced homepage reads: "Today we targeted the Dayton Ohio chapter of InfraGard, the sinister alliance between law enforcement, corporations, and white hat wannabees."
"We broke into their webserver, perused their assorted presentation materials, and finally deleted everything and vandalized their website so we can boost our zone-h rankings," the statement continues.
The website defines its role as: "InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States." The site has over 42,026 members.
The recent attack is part of Anonymous' ongoing F**k FBI Friday campaign, which began in 2011, has seen the collective mount an ongoing series of attack on the law enforcement agency.
The attack on InfraGard is the latest in a long line of hostilities between Anonymous members and the law enforcement agency. In February, the collective released a recording of an FBI internal conference call.
In January, the collective targeted the FBI with what it described as its largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever.
A Florida state Rep. has resigned after admitting to sexting a female, married federal prosecutor with messages like “Sexxxy mama?”
“The events of the past week have been difficult for my family, for me and for everyone involved,” State Rep. Richard Steinberg (D) wrote in a statement on Friday. “After much consultation with my family, my friends and my colleagues in the Democratic caucus — and after some time for quiet, personal reflection — I have decided to resign, effective today, from my position as a member of Florida’s House of Representatives. “
The Miami Herald first reported this week that Steinberg had used a fake Yahoo! account, with the name “itsjustme24680,” to send dozens of suggestive text messages to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marlene Fernandez-Karavetsos.
The U.S. Secret Service began investigating after Fernandez-Karavetsos reported the texts in August. Here’s one exchange, via the Herald:
“Sexxxy mama?” the first one read.
“How do I know you?” replied Fernandez-Karavetsos.
The texter declined to identify himself.
“Leave me alone,” she texted back.
“Is that anyway to treat a friend? LOL,” the texter replied.
In another exchange, Fernandez-Karavetsos tried to get the texter to identify himself, and he replied: “Considering we’re both married parents, probably best I not answer that at this point.”
After a subpoena, the Secret Service was able to trace the texts back to Steinberg, who copped to it on Wednesday: “I acknowledge and take full responsibility for sending inappropriate and unsolicited messages to Mrs. Marlene Fernandez-Karvetsos, whom I have known for more than 15 years,” he said. “I deeply regret and wholeheartedly apologize for the disrespect that I have shown her, her husband and my constituents.”
“Most importantly, words cannot express how sorry I am to my wife, for the disrespect I have shown her, and my entire family,” Steinberg added.
In an ironic twist, last week Steinberg voted in favor of a bill that expands the definition of “aggravated stalking” to include threats made via text or e-mail.
The hackers targeted the unofficial Sony site on Wednesday replacing its frontpage with VViP's logo and a message claiming responsibility for the attack.
VViP announced the attack on its Facebook page, with a hacker operating under the Sykes Vvip moniker posting messages indicating they were the individual that actually mounted the attack.
The attack follows a number of intrusions on Sony's official networks. Prior to the attack on its Australian site, the
Anonymous hacker s3rverexe had mounted a similar assault on the company's Pictures website. The attack was reportedly enacted to "punish" Sony for its support of the controversial U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Before this, in April 2011 the company had suffered a major security breach on its PlayStation Network (PSN). The breach saw hackers break into the company's PSN - the network that runs the company's PlayStation 3 console and PSP and Vita handhelds - compromising the personal and billing information of as many as 100 million Sony account holders.
The company was subsequently forced to shut down the network leaving Sony console and handheld owners without its services for several weeks. VViP gave no clear reason why it chose to target Sony's Austalian laptop site. The attack immediately follows the UK release of the company's Vita handheld.
There is a billboard in the next town that shows a girl, passed out on a couch, surrounded by liquor bottles. The caption states "Just because she isn't saying 'no' doesn't mean she's saying 'yes'."
True. And the same goes for any other kind of supposed "implied consent" as well.
Just because I am not shooting reavers/cops, bureaucrats, and politicians doesn't mean I consent to be subject to their rule. Only a rapist would believe otherwise.
Besides, I am saying "no". Over and over. In language that leaves no room for misinterpretation. But, the rapists of State refuse to hear since it is not in a language that they comprehend. Only brutal, naked force would be understood by thugs such as themselves. They are lucky I am peaceable and my trigger is so difficult to trip.
The following press release has been edited in terms of its formatting.
Citizens of Greece
We are Anonymous. We watch every day your government abolish the constitution and institutions of your country. We see them leading you closer and closer to poverty. We see them pass laws that deprive you of any right to dignity. We see them delivering your country to the IMF and the bankers. We know about the rations in schools, for the armies of the homeless, for people looking in the garbage for food, for people who are left jobless and now wait in lines for a plate of food. We know that your country voted ACTA in your effort to silence Greeks. We know everything ...
The Democracy in Greece has died.It died whith a government that has not been elected by the people. And for this reason the time for discussion has come and gone. We are not negotiating anything with any of those who murdered it. You can hunt us as you like, you can even capture some of us in our attempt to muzzle you, but for every one that will be captured 3 others will spring up. We We are not 5 or 10 or 100. Now the Greeks are all Anonymous. We are millions against you and the 300 in this war, tear gas will not help you.
Occupying Government of Greece
These days you are going to vote for a bill that will be the last nail in the coffin of the Greeks. A bill to return the country to a totalitarian rule. To bring the country and its people in absolute poverty. We will not allow another misery to the Greek people. We demand the immediate resignation of you, and elections. We demand not a cent paid to moneylenders 'friends' of you. We demand the immediate withdrawal of the IMF from Greece. The Justice Department was only a small sample of what we are able to do and still have not seen the full wrath of Anonymous. For each article of a bill that would shame the vote, we will shut the system and keep deleting Inland Revenue debts of Greek citizens. Debts which requires them in a fascist way to pay. You might be able in the demonstrations of the Greeks to make them face incredible violence continuously hitting them, but the internet is our field. And we love this war. We are many and we will be brief.
Citizens of Greece, Anonymous is now fighting on your side .....
According to a press release by the Greek police,They has arrested an eighteen-year-old and identified two other teenagers it accuses of having defaced the Greek Ministry of Justice website.
The attack happened at the start of February, Aged 16, 17 and 18, the three targeted schoolboys are suspected of taking part in this group under the nicknames ’delirium’, ‘nikpa’ and ‘extasy’.
The Greek Cybercrime division has found electronic traces that supposedly lead to the subjects and claim that they’ve attacked many sites in the past. Besides the arrests, the unit also seized 12 HDD and 3 notebooks. A police statement says the three claim to be part of the international “Anonymous” activist collective, which has attacked computers in several countries.
Hackers posted a video and messages on the Justice Ministry website on February 3, protesting the Greek government’s signing of a global copyright treaty and its handling of the financial crisis.
"What is going on in your country is unacceptable. You were chosen by your people to act on behalf of them and express their wishes, but you have derogatorily failed," says the message that is still available on Youtube.
Before a court can restrict a citizen’s freedom with a prison sentence, it must prove guilt. Why don’t legislatures require the same burden of proof when making laws?
This may seem like a silly comparison; common wisdom would never equate imprisonment with a law being on the books. They certainly don’tfeel like the same thing — unless the law in question is unjust, unnecessary, or just plain unwelcome. Take, for example, the US federal government’s law which refuses to recognize same-sex marriage. The fact that, were I to one day marry, I’d have to limit my residence to a select few states — and still be regarded as “single” for federal tax purposes, regardless — certainly feels like imprisonment to me.
Laws, like imprisonment, are a restriction on individual liberty. They are a limitation on what an individual is allowed to do, plain and simple. This is not an argument against laws, in favor of lawlessness; this is simply a statement of fact. Just because some laws are necessary does not change the fact that they do restrict liberty.
And that’s the key thing to think about: we should not restrict anyone’s liberty unless it is absolutely, positively necessary, without a shadow of a doubt. Our court systems already recognize this; it’s arguably necessary to throw a murderer in jail, but it’s not necessary to throw a person falsely-accused of murder in jail. This is why courts require evidence before they will convict an individual of a crime, and then — as a consequence — restrict that individual’s liberty.
Legislative bodies, on the other hand, do not insist on evidence to make laws; they base their decisions solely on the opinions of their members. There is no requirement for these opinions to be based on evidence, which is why they often are not. We regularly take away freedoms based solely on the whims and beliefs of our elected officials, and not based on whether it is necessary to take these freedoms away. Certain behaviors are deemed wrong until proven right — or just wrong, despite proof to the contrary.
For too long, we have seen that beliefs, morals, or sentiments are not an appropriate basis for lawmaking. We are also well aware that they are not an appropriate basis for criminal justice. Why do we allow laws to be made without proof of their necessity, but disallow criminal convictions without the same?
Before acting, courts ask themselves the question: will justice be done? Legislators must begin doing the same.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ZACQUARY ADAM GREEN
Filmmaker, artist, and the Chief Executive Plankhead of Plankhead, a free culture arts organization/collective/pirate ship. He produces absurd projects, with titles like "Your Face is a Saxophone", from his home of Long Island, New York.
Hours after Public Safety Minister Vic Toews introduced a controversial bill that would give police more powers to com-bat cybercrime by accessing users' personal information, Toews was at the centre of an online attack that released purported details of his own personal history.
The string of tweets posted online portions of alleged details relating to his divorce proceedings.
It is part of a trend that has seen political subterfuge move from back-room hallways to the Internet, and politicians and experts agree that it can only grow.
"Well, this is one of the aspects of social media, that all sorts of information can come out. It's not necessarily the right information, but that's the way the world works now," said Liberal MP Marc Garneau. "I think it behooves us all to try to be reasonable in these circumstances, but we can't control what some people will say."
The tweets began late Tuesday night and, according to the first tweets, were posted directly in response to the tabling of the government's "lawful access" bill.
The legislation, named the "Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act," requires Internet service providers and cellphone companies to install equipment for real-time surveillance and will create new police powers designed to access the surveillance data.
The bill also allows for warrantless access to some subscriber information.
"Vic wants to know about you. Let's get to know about Vic," reads the first tweet.
"Let's start with affidavits from Vic's divorce case."
What followed were dozens of tweets with alleged quotes from affidavits connected to Toews' divorce proceedings. The contents of the tweets was unverified.
Toews's office didn't know about the feed before being contacted by Post-media News Wednesday. Through a spokesman, Toews declined to comment.
"I won't get involved in this kind of gutter politics," Toews said in an e-mailed statement that he later put on his own Twitter account. "Engaging in or responding to this kind of discussion leads nowhere."
As the feed continued to put out 140-character length messages throughout the day, the number of followers grew by leaps and bounds.
By late Wednesday afternoon, the account had almost 3,000 followers fuelled by users angry over the government's "lawful access" legislation tabled Tuesday in the House of Commons.
In the old days reavers known as "highwaymen" would block roads with downed trees so they could rob travelers.
Some of the intended victims didn't submit so easily, and some thieves died. Some of the surviving reavers got wise and realized it would be helpful if they could find a way to get their victims to stop fighting back.
So, now most reavers use speed limits instead of logs.
Peoples Liberation Front Press Release - Commander X Escapes Into Exile
Saturday - February 11, 2012
The PLF is delighted to announce that Commander X, aka Christopher Mark Doyon - has fled the jurisdiction of the USA and entered the relative safety of the nation of Canada. Using the underground railroad and network of safe houses created after the launch of Operation Vendetta in January 2011 (following the initial FBI raids on Anonymous USA), Commander X was spirited to the Canadian border - where he hiked through the forest of the north west into Canada.
The Peoples Liberation Front would like to thank our friends and allies in Anonymous and the Occupy USA movement for their invaluable assistance in creating this dissident escape network, and for the great care they took with the first person to utilize it to seek freedom from the tyranny of the USA. Every person along the way acted with great discretion and professionalism, and treated the "package" with deep honor, respect and concern.
The PLF calls upon the government of the USA to come to it's senses and cease the harassment, surveillance - and arrest of not only Anonymous, but ALL activists. We DEMAND that the USA drop all charges against the Anonymous 15 immediately and apologize for harassing these courageous human rights and
information activists. We DEMAND that President Obama immediately grant a full executive pardon to Bradley Manning, and order an end to the investigation of Julian Assange. As for Commander X, he will release a communique shortly detailing his own demands of the government of the USA.
The Peoples Liberation Front calls upon the government of Canada to NOT co-operate with the USA in apprehending Commander X, or any other Anons or PLF Members. The PLF reminds Canada of it's decades long and noble tradition of harboring American political dissidents during times of great tyranny in the USA. Finally we call upon all Canadian members of the PLF and Anonymous to lend any aid or assistance possible to Commander X.
In order to salvage a tanking economy, Greece is expected to pass a package of severe budget cuts — and many citizens are not taking it well. As Parliament prepared to vote on the new plan, which would cut 3.3 billion euro from people's wages and pensions, protesters began rising up, starting a series of fires using homemade explosives.
On the streets many businesses were ablaze, including the neo-classical home to the Attikon cinema dating from 1870 and a building housing the Asty, an underground cinema used by the Gestapo during World War Two as a torture chamber.
There have been less historically significant targets as well, including a Starbucks. Buzzfeed has rounded up photos of the coffee chain in flames from firsthand photos posted to Twitter.
Much is made of the separation of Church and state, but the truth is that while Church and state sometimes temporarily separate, on the insistence of those who get caught in the middle, they will never divorce. They were made for each another.
Church is possibly a little older than her partner, but she hides her age well by getting a face-lift every few years. State just matures and gets more efficient, sly, and paranoid as he ages.
No one knows when Church and state first married; it seemed as if they had always been a couple. They slap each other around a lot, and do a lot of shouting and cussing at one another — because it isn’t a peaceful marriage, but it is a convenient arrangement that neither wants to end.
Church and state will each occasionally do something good for society, in order to encourage people to say how essential they are. Each partner has their supporters, and some people actually support both. A small minority support neither, and throughout history this demographic hasn’t usually fared well at the hands of the couple’s fans. Yet, neither Church nor state has been loyal to their ardent supporters.
No one objected to the marriage for many years, until a few people decided Church and state would be less harmful — to each other or to innocent bystanders — if they could be kept apart. This separation is opposed by those who want the couple to stay together in order to use them against specific enemies. Only the naive believe that this pair will ever be limited to bullying bad guys.
So, a while back there was a more concerted effort to split up the couple, and a separation — at least on paper — finally happened. However, it was only for appearances. The couple may live in different apartments but they are still “friends with benefits” and only give lip service to the separation when it seems useful. Most people try really hard to pretend they don’t see the nudging and winking in public. But, knock on one partner’s door and the other will usually be sitting on the couch, perfectly at home, in the background.
The truth remains that while you may believe the couple is separated, they are still married and will never divorce. There’s just no real reason to. They are too comfortable with the status quo and gain too much from the marriage.
‘Til death do they part.
Kent McManigal is a freelance writer who sometimes offers commentary on our websites. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly been hacked, exposing the usernames and passwords of the company’s clients and employees. Hacker group SwaggSec just released a dump of Foxconn internal information, including a mail server login/password dump and logins to various online procurement sites and Intranets.
"We encourage media, security experts, and other interested individuals to explore our leaks. Foxconn did have an appropriate firewall, but fortunately to our intent, we were able to bypass it almost flawlessly. Of course with funding ourselves we did have our limitations. But with several hacking techniques employed, and a couple of days in time, we were able to dump most of everything of significance." Hacker said.
The group made a 6.04MB file available earlier this evening first on Demonoid, and then on The Pirate Bay which purported to contain login and password information for Foxconn's email servers, intranets, and various other company-affiliated sites.
9to5Mac was able to verify these logins worked, though the servers have now been disabled by Foxconn and logins no longer valid. According to the original posting the logins and passwords could allow individuals to make orders under company accounts such as Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Intel.
Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, posted an image that showed details of the company’s host naming system, including what looked like a list of customers. Foxconn, a major contract manufacturer of electronics including Apple's iPhone, has faced negative publicity repeatedly since 2010 following a string of suicides at the company's Chinese facilities.
Nothing is sacred. Nobody is safe. Everything must go. Knowledge is free; it is the most valuable weapon a free people can have in the war against authority and hierarchy. I bloggregate from the miscellaneous battlefronts in this war. Unless we agree otherwise, I reserve the right to publish anything and everything you email me.